Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea: Michy Batshuayi nets late winner in Madrid
Last Updated: 28/09/17 11:54am
Michy Batshuayi popped up with another crucial Chelsea goal as his 93rd-minute strike sealed a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
With Diego Costa watching on from the stands, Batshuayi, who scored the title-winning goal for Antonio Conte's side at West Brom last season, turned home a cross with the last kick of what was a compelling encounter which Chelsea edged.
Antoine Griezmann had fired Atletico ahead from the spot in the Wanda Metropolitano, which was hosting Champions League football for the first time.
However, Chelsea always looked a threat and Alvaro Morata headed his seventh goal of his Blues career before Batshuayi sent the travelling faithful wild with his late winner.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak (6), Juanfran (6), Godín (7), Lucas (6), Luis (6), Carrasco (6), Saúl (6), Thomas (6), Koke (6), Griezmann (6), Correa (6)
Subs: Torres (6), Giminez (6), Gaitain (6)
Chelsea: Courtois (6), Azpilicueta (7), David Luiz (5), Cahill (7), Moses (6), Kanté (8), Fàbregas (6), Bakayoko (7), Marcos Alonso (7) Hazard (9), Morata (8)
Subs: Willian (6), Batshuayi (7), Christensen (6)
Man of the match: Eden Hazard
The dramatic finish gave Chelsea two wins from two Champions League Group C games.
Chelsea beat Qarabag 6-0 in the opening round but this was a different test against a genuine European giant, who had won 30 of their last 36 European games at home.
There was no fear in Chelsea's approach, though, as shown when Morata dragged a shot wide inside 10 minutes and Eden Hazard struck a post with a deflected strike from distance.
Atletico were second best and had struggled for rhythm until they were presented with a spot-kick by David Luiz, who pulled Lucas Hernandez's shirt in the box from a corner. Griezmann struck home the penalty.
Chelsea wobbled near half-time and when Thibaut Courtois parried Koke's shot straight to Angel Correa it looked as though the Blues would be going in 2-0 behind. However, the usually clinical Atletico man fired wide.
Antonio Conte made four changes from their 4-0 win at Stoke. Eden Hazard, David Luiz, Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill all returned to the line-up.
Chelsea equalised when the brilliant Hazard crossed right-footed from the left and Morata netted with a precise glancing header.
Cesc Fabregas spurned an effort from close range just wide before Morata spurned a difficult one-on-one chance.
But the visitors kept pressing and Batshuayi, who replaced Morata, was in the right place at the right time to turn home a Marcos Alonso cross.
Man of the match - Eden Hazard
The little genius is back. On his first start outside the Carabao Cup this season, he simply ran the show in behind Morata. The Belgian carried the ball past defenders at will and his quality in the final third shone brightly. His cross for Morata's goal was the key turning point in the game. Premier League defences beware.
- Chelsea are the first side to win away in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid in the Spaniards' last 12 games in the competition on home soil (since losing to Benfica in September 2015).
- Chelsea are also only the fourth side to score away to Atletico in Europe in the Spanish giants' last 20 games on home soil.
- Morata has scored his first goal against Atletico Madrid in his seventh game against them in all competitions.
- Hazard has provided three assists in his last three games in all competitions for the Blues, as many as in his previous 23.
- Batshuayi has scored five goals in his last three games for Chelsea in all competitions, as many as in his previous 16.
Chelsea return to Premier League action this Saturday against Manchester City while Atletico Madrid look to maintain their unbeaten start in La Liga away to Leganes, which is live on Sky Sports Football.